Summer day camp will be offered this year in West Seneca, where a town-operated program for children ages 8 to 13 kicks off its inaugural season June 30.
The Town Board approved the program Monday night. With registration already under way in some neighboring communities, Recreation Director Craig D. Kroll said he needs to make arrangements for weekly field trips before West Seneca can start signing up campers – probably sometime in April.
“We are behind the eight ball,” Kroll said Monday night.
There have been changes to the plan Kroll first presented to the Town Board in October, including:
• The weekly cost has increased, from $100 to $110, but now includes pre- and post-camp supervision. That means parents may drop off their children at 8 a.m. and pick them up at 5 p.m., with camp activities running from 9 to 4.
• Seven sessions will be offered, beginning June 30 and ending Aug. 8, rather than Aug. 15.
• Weekly sessions will host a total of 80 youngsters – eight groups of 10 – instead of 12 per group.
With each group supervised by a counselor and assistant counselor, the program will exceed the Erie County Health Department’s minimum requirement of one counselor per 12 campers, according to Kroll.
“I just wanted a smaller ratio for the first year,” Kroll said.
West Seneca’s camp will be open to non-residents, for a charge of $125. But financial aid, of up to 50 percent, will be offered only to residents, who must meet eligibility requirements.
Though the program utilizes various town recreation facilities, the ice rink will be the drop-off and pickup point and will host activities in bad weather.
Swimming outings will be held twice weekly.
Last year, the town operated between 7 and 11 playgrounds, some of which were staffed on a part-time basis. Only the Allendale, Burchfield and Harlem/Bellwood playgrounds will be staffed this summer.
The approximately $100,000 operating cost for the camp would be partially offset by $61,600 in revenue, Kroll said.
The camp proposal will be posted at www.westseneca.net.